World Swim Day is October 26, 2019 and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance is proud to sponsor this year’s virtual swim with MySwimPro. Swimmers who participate have a chance to win a variety of big prizes. 

World Swim Day is an international holiday that empowers people around the world to be more active through swimming.

World Swim Day is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October every year. The holiday promotes living a healthy lifestyle through swimming and raises awareness for the importance of water safety. World Swim Day events are independently organized around the world for swimmers of all ages. There are over 100 million fitness swimmers in the world, and yet there are over 4 billion people who do not know how to swim.

How To Participate

  1. Visit worldswimday.org and register for FREE.
  2. Download the MySwimPro app on iPhone or Android
  3. On World Swim Day (October 26, 2019) open the MySwimPro app and choose one of the six free World Swim Day workouts.
  4. Get in and swim the World Swim Day workout!
  5. Share a photo or video on social media with the hashtag #WorldSwimDay to be entered to win prizes!

You could win lots of great prizes from World Swim Day sponsors!

To be eligible for prizes your profile must be set to public when using the hashtag #WorldSwimDay. See World Swim Day stories from last year that took place around the world here.

World Swim Day was initially conceived within MySwimPro, Inc. to increase participation in swimming and promote water safety inclusive of geography, language, and skills. In the first year, World Swim Day saw participation from swimmers in over 100 countries and funds were raised for three learn-to swim non-profit organizations. The international event is more than a virtual swim, but also serves as an opportunity to connect a global community that shares a mutual passion for the water.

World Swim Day Workouts

Whether you’re a new swimmer or elite competitor you can participate in the #WorldSwimDay virtual swim! Workouts range from 100 meters to 10,000 meters. Choose a workout that best fits your fitness level and motivation! You can read more about each workout below.

  1.  Just Get Wet – 100-200 Meters
  2.  The Jellyfish Float – 500 Meters
  3. The Tropical Mile – 1,600 Meters
  4.  The Sizzler – 3,000 Meters
  5. Humpback 5k Challenge – 5,000 Meters
  6. 10k Shark Test Set – 10,000 Meters

All workouts can be personalized in the MySwimPro app. Be sure to share your workout using the hashtag #WorldSwimDay on social media to be entered to win awesome prizes from sponsors.

REGISTER NOW for 2019 World Swim Day >

World Swim Day is supported by MySwimPro, the largest digital community of swimmers in the world. The international event is also supported by globally-minded companies with shared values that include empowering a healthy lifestyle through swimming and promoting water safety. We hope World Swim Day continues to inspire and empower people around the world to be active in the water.

World Swim Day Prizes

This contest is sponsored by MySwimPro, Inc. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Participants must be 18 years or older to enter. Participants can enter to win between the dates of October 25 – October 27, 2019. Winners will be selected from participants who registered online at worldswimday.org, and shared their swim workout on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter by tagging @myswimpro and using #WorldSwimDay between 10/25/19-10/27/19 11:59pm during the participants local time. Winners will be contacted Monday October 30, 2019.

Learn more at www.worldswimday.org 

what are layers of protection

Drowning has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/ immersion in liquid.” The outcome of a drowning incident can be classified as “death,” “morbidity,” and “no morbidity”. The more common terms used in discussions are “fatal” or “nonfatal” drownings.

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children 1-4 years, the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children 1-14 years, and is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for all ages in the United States. Water-related injuries also affect a significant number of American children. An estimated twenty percent of drowning victims suffer severe, permanent neurological disability.

Drowning is, however, preventable and the NDPA recognizes that multiple strategies are necessary in order to do so. The term “layers of protection” is one used to classify the majority of strategies directly affecting aquatic environments. Parents, caregivers, residential pool owners, aquatic facility owners, managers and operators should use “layers of protection” to provide a system of increased security to prevent unauthorized access to bodies of water, especially important for children. This means that multiple strategies or devices are used constantly and simultaneously.

“Layers of protection” include:

Supervision

Parents, adults and caregivers must actively supervise children at all times when in or near the water and be fully aware of potential dangers in all environments, such as when visiting other homes, while on vacation, or at public/community pools.

Always designate a water watcher to actively supervise children when in or near water.

Unfortunately, many drowning incidents have occurred when people are solely engaged in swimming or other water play, and adults know children are in the water and those adults are nearby.

Active supervision is the first and most important layer of protection needed to prevent drowning accidents. Always assign a water watcher when kids are in the water who will watch them at all times without any distractions.

Physical Layers

Fences are the first physical line of defense that restrict access to the pool.

Physical layers may also be considered as barriers and constitute the first line of physical defense that restrict unauthorized access to the pool or spa area in its entirety or prevent unauthorized access to the water in the pool or spa.

Bear in mind that barriers are not child proof, but they do provide layers of protection for a child when there is a lapse in adult supervision. Barriers give parents additional time to find a child before the unexpected can occur. (USCPSC).

Physical layers that limit access to the pool or spa area:

  • Fences, 
  • Gates 
  • Latches 
  • House doors 
Pool safety cover
Pool safety cover

Physical layers that restrict access to the water include:

  • Pool and spa safety covers (power-operated, semi-automatic or manual)
  • Pool safety nets
  • Winter safety covers

Learn to Swim

Swimming lessons should be considered an additional layer of protection needed to prevent drowning accidents. Surviving in the water becomes increasingly difficult without this life-saving skill. According to the CDC, formal swimming lessons can reduce the chances of drowning by 88 percent.

Image: Northern Beaches Council

When selecting a swimming class for your child, ensure it includes water safety and survival education at the appropriate developmental level.

Other than the layers listed above, there are additional layers needed in case an emergency should occur that include learning CPR, first aid and rescue knowledge.

Alarms

Alarms are an important addition to creating a safer environment. 

They can be added to windows, doors, gates and the pool to alert an adult when a barrier has been breached. While the primary goal of layers of protection is to prevent unauthorized access to the water, alarms are important to alert adults if access to the water has been made.  

Alarms can be your last line of defense and allow adults to respond to an emergency quicker.

Active adult supervision and pool barriers are two key layers of protection against child drowning and must always be present, but be aware that not even the most diligent parent or caregiver can actively supervise a child 24/7. Barriers can be breached which is why the NDPA urges using multiple strategies and devices simultaneously to help prevent injuries and deaths from drowning. 

Each additional layer or strategy beyond the first could be the one that saves a life so be sure to use as many as possible at all times.

For more detailed information, read our complete position paper here.